I've been trying to make butterscotch bars. I'm not a new baker, but I don't have much experience in melting brown sugar and butter together.
The recipe (included at bottom of post) I'm using says that I need to melt butter and add brown sugar, and stir until sugar is melted.
When I first tried it, everything went well. Butter and brown sugar were mixed as one and it kinda looked like toffee. On my next attempts, I couldn't get the same result anymore. When the brown sugar melts, it doesn't incorporate with the butter anymore and it turns really hard like candy. So, what I get is hardened (but still grainy) brown sugar in a pool of melted butter.
Please give me some tips and techniques to properly melt butter and brown sugar together so that the result is like gooey toffee. I hope it can be done without candy thermometer. The author of the recipe didn't use one, and I think the quantity of the sugar-butter mixture is too little for me to dip a thermometer in it.
1/4 cup unsalted butter, 1/4 cup butter compound (I think it's half butter half margarine), 1 cups dark brown sugar, 1 large egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp baking powder , 1 cup flour, 1/8 tsp salt
In a small pot, melt the butter and butter compound over low heat. Add the sugar and stir until melted. Turn off the heat. Preheat the oven to 325°F and grease an 8" baking pan.
In a large bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder. Add the salt.
When the sugar mixture has cooled, add the egg. Mix well after addition.
Add the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Add the vanilla and mix one last time.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cake is set.
P.S.: I haven't tried to actually let the mixture come to a boil because, as I said, the brown sugar becomes so hard and candy-like when it melts, and I'm afraid it gets even harder if I let the mixture boil. Please give me tips regarding boiling it. Thanks a lot for helping this newbie out. :)